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Catholic campus houses Suffolk's first Islamic school
Newsday ^ | 9/28/2013

Posted on 09/29/2013 5:11:25 PM PDT by markomalley

In classrooms where Catholic girls once studied the Bible and prayed the Our Father, young Muslims now study the Quran and pray in Arabic. The girls no longer wear uniforms of skirts and blazers, but traditional Muslim floor-length dresses called jilbabs, with hijabs covering their heads. Boys are neatly attired in light blue dress shirts and navy blue pants.

They are the 265 students of MDQ Academy, Suffolk County's first and only Islamic school, which for the third year is calling the majestic Academy of St. Joseph its home. The former all-girls Catholic high school in Brentwood closed five years ago because of declining enrollment.

The number of students in the Islamic school is growing as it continues the cross-faith coexistence. Their classrooms are on two floors of the structure, part of a complex on the grassy 211-acre property that also includes the headquarters of Long Island's largest order of nuns.

The arrangement is working out wonderfully, leaders of the groups said.

"It's been very positive for both of us," said Sister Helen Kearney, head of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood. "It's a very positive message for our world that, in a sense, tends to kind of divide groups."

The partnership underscores Long Island's growing ethnic and religious diversity. While Catholics still predominate -- two of every three Long Islanders are Catholic -- Nassau and Suffolk counties are home to at least 75,000 Muslims, according to Muslim community leaders. Two other full-time Islamic schools are located in Valley Stream and Hempstead, and the Island has about two dozen mosques.

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1 posted on 09/29/2013 5:11:25 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

speechless here.


2 posted on 09/29/2013 5:12:18 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: markomalley

Mark coordinates.

Future target.


3 posted on 09/29/2013 5:13:48 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: markomalley

They should have Bulldozed the place down and buried pigs every 100 feet on the property, before giving it over to Satan.


4 posted on 09/29/2013 5:15:19 PM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: markomalley

Oh good Lord, words fail me.


5 posted on 09/29/2013 5:15:36 PM PDT by svcw (obama lied my plan died)
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To: Salvation

This is what happens when Catholic embrace birth control and secular education.


6 posted on 09/29/2013 5:31:01 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: vladimir998

Is this in Virginia?

I’d like to send the Catholic owners a message.


7 posted on 09/29/2013 5:33:55 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: markomalley
LOL at how the teacher has situated herself halfway back in the room by the boys.

I'm actually surprised that boys and girls are in the same room.

8 posted on 09/29/2013 5:38:00 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: markomalley

Hajia Sophia....and then there is this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l82jXj5tHos

As a youngster, I was taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph....in a school that my and my friends’ parents built....which has also now been sold off.


9 posted on 09/29/2013 5:40:17 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: Salvation

Brentwood is on Long Island, NY. It used to be the main place (not sure you would call it a convent) for the Sisters of St. Joseph. IIRC, it was also where the older nuns who had finished teaching would retire.


10 posted on 09/29/2013 5:43:55 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: NYer

Ping


11 posted on 09/29/2013 5:47:15 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: markomalley

My response to this story:

Some things are basic to the faith, whether catholic or protestant...
and that is:

There is no God but God, and Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Messiah.

To open the school to those who do not ascribe to this, is spiritual treason against the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.


WildHighlander57


12 posted on 09/29/2013 5:50:59 PM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: markomalley

later


13 posted on 09/29/2013 5:55:24 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (What unites us all, of any race, gender, or religion, is that we all believe we are above average.)
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To: markomalley

This is right in my neck of the woods. The Academy of St. Joseph closed a few years ago because of low enrollment.

Now, there are many reasons for declining enrollment at Catholic schools, and on Long Island, there is no doubt that property (school) taxes are among them. When you are paying about $15k/year in property (school) taxes, it is difficult indeed to scrape together the $$$$ for Catholic education.

That said, St. Joseph’s is the only Catholic high school that has closed in several years. The last one I can remember was the LaSalle Military Academy, which closed about 10 years ago (after they started admitting girls).

I have no doubt that the squishy theology taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph has a TON to do with it. That order has truly gone chug-chug-chugging right ‘round the bend. They are big into the Mother Earth new-ageism stuff.

Who would want to spend a bundle of cash on a “Catholic” education that is only barely Catholic? No me, that’s for sure.

Regards,

PS: It is an absolute disgrace that the school has gone over to the Muslims. An absolute disgrace.


14 posted on 09/29/2013 5:55:37 PM PDT by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
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To: VermiciousKnid

Sad to hear the Sisters of St. Joseph took that kind of turn. My sister, my friends and I received a pretty good grammer school education from them. Of course that was more than fifty years ago.


15 posted on 09/29/2013 6:01:14 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: Roccus
YIKES!! S/B grammAr school...
Sister Jane Agnes is frowning down on me now

16 posted on 09/29/2013 6:03:27 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: markomalley

Heaven & Hell?


17 posted on 09/29/2013 6:04:20 PM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: Salvation

New York state.


18 posted on 09/29/2013 6:18:17 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Roccus

Well I spent my youth and graduated High School in Brentwood, NY. Very sad to hear this news. St Joseph is a very beautiful campus. Let the muzzies build their own mosques and not from a converted church or christian edifice. Long Island has become 3rd World_like in many locales. Texas is home now.


19 posted on 09/29/2013 6:24:10 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: VermiciousKnid

I didn’t know LaSalle closed! Of course, I’ve avoided Long Island as much as possible. It was a really great place to grow up. The oddball in the neighborhood was “Jimmy the Greek”. Now I just wish my parents would sell and get out so I didn’t have to go over the stupid bridges to see them.


20 posted on 09/29/2013 6:54:10 PM PDT by ToastedHead
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To: WildHighlander57
I agree. Islam is an evil creation created by an evil and wicked man. There is nothing in Islam that pays homage to a loving God, to the sanctity of life nor makes any provision for the life of the immortal soul. For a man who called himself a prophet of God, Mohammed did nothing that could be considered sanctimonious, charitable , holy or good. In his lifetime he organized sixty-seven military campaigns, twenty-seven of them he led personally. He was a murderer, a thief and a pedophile. What miracles did Mohammed preform? Who's sins did he die for? I do not nor will I EVER see this unGodly, unholy abomination called Islam as anything other then what it is-- pure, calculating, malevolent and murderous EVIL!!
21 posted on 09/29/2013 7:08:26 PM PDT by jmacusa (If you're always looking back to yesterday you can't see tomorrow.)
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To: ToastedHead

I hear you, Toasted. We plan to escape ASAP, and have already begun scouting possible places to go.

As for LaSalle, yeah, it closed awhile back. They too had declining enrollment, and tried to fix it by admitting girls. Bad move. Enrollment declined even faster and they finally had to close shop.

Long Island’s not too bad for raising a family. It is relatively safe, but soooo crowded and expensive. Plus, while Long Island used to be pretty safe GOP territory, it no longer is; now it’s split down the middle with the Libs usually coming out on top. Bleech.

No we’ll be leaving here one day, for sure.

Regards,


22 posted on 09/29/2013 7:27:59 PM PDT by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
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To: markomalley; wardaddy

File it under “Suicide of the West.”


23 posted on 09/29/2013 7:58:04 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: vladimir998
This is what happens when Catholic embrace birth control and secular education.

It sounds more like, 'this is what happens when Catholics embrace their Izlum brothers'...

24 posted on 09/29/2013 9:32:13 PM PDT by Iscool
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To: markomalley

Fools...


25 posted on 09/29/2013 9:37:40 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Salvation

Read the statement, says it all. (To me, anyway)

http://brentwoodcsj.org/about-us/


26 posted on 09/29/2013 10:41:44 PM PDT by AliVeritas (Pray/Penance. Isa 5:18-21,10:1-3 "Tempus faciendi, Domine, dissipaverunt legem tuam")
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To: markomalley; Roccus; Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; ...
h/t to freeper Roccus for the ping.

My HS alma mater is Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, NY which is run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood. These sisters were once strict disciplinarians. Post VCII, they emerged as ultra progressives. That they turned St. Joseph's Academy over to Muslims comes as no surprise.

The (former) Academy of Saint Joseph, founded in 1856 and operational through 2009, was a private Catholic school conducted by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Brentwood, New York. Situated on a beautiful 200 acre campus, it was accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Catholic Educational Association . For over 150 years, it offered quality education to students throughout Long Island.

Here are the sisters before VCII

And here they are today ...

And .. yes ... their community is part of the LCWR.

27 posted on 09/30/2013 4:27:44 AM PDT by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer

I figured you would be interested. It’s really sad....what both the Order and Brentwood have become.


28 posted on 09/30/2013 5:08:11 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: Roccus
I was in HS when VCII ended. When we returned from summer vacation, the sisters had doffed their habits and were dressed in street clothes. One of my former classmates joined the Sisters of St. Joseph (Brentwood) and is now principal of our former HS.


Shaker Pointe at Carondelet - Senior Housing

Here in upstate NY, there is another community of Sisters of St. Joseph (Carondelet). With shrinking enrollment, they have resorted to financial investing. They have constructed a large complex of senior retirement homes, townhouses, apartments and garages. A mini shopping mall is projected to be included.

This group is all about social justice. It seems they're still living in the 60s.

29 posted on 09/30/2013 5:36:07 AM PDT by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer

I figured. They have only themselves to blame.


30 posted on 09/30/2013 8:16:17 AM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

This whole thing could have been avoided if the sisters had continue to wear their habits and teach orthodox Catholicism.

No wonder things shut down for them. They weren’t being obedient to their vows.


31 posted on 09/30/2013 8:37:57 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; Morgana; Roccus; Mrs. Don-o
No wonder things shut down for them.

Judging by their reaction:

"It's been very positive for both of us," said Sister Helen Kearney, head of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood

.... they seem very happy with the outcome.

Now, when I attended catholic school, each classroom had a crucifix hanging front and center, just above the blackboard. The same would be true for this school. If the school is now being used to instruct muslim students, I strongly doubt any of those classrooms or hallways, still have crucifixes in place. Hence, someone had to climb a ladder to take down those crucifixes. How can these sisters sleep at night after giving that order. How could they do this to our Lord?!!

32 posted on 09/30/2013 11:52:50 AM PDT by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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I’m not sure why anyone is gasping or in shock over this. Vatican II teaches they worship the same God as Catholics.

Never in a million years would you see this pre-Vatican II.

But hey, we all sing kumbaya now in the “Catholic” Church! /sarcasm


33 posted on 09/30/2013 2:11:21 PM PDT by piusv
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To: NYer

NYer, my kids used to go to a Catholic elementary school formerly staffed entirely with Sisters of St. Joseph. Now, the only ones left there are very old indeed, and IMO, in serious need of catechesis. They no longer teach any classes, thank heavens.

I remember once, one of the sisters was asked to lead the Parents Guild in prayer before our monthly meeting. This sister, instead of saying a nice Memorare or something similar, launched into a long, convoluted “prayer” to Sister Wind and Mother Moon.

I got up and left, in an absolute fury. (Some of the other moms got up, too.)

It is no surprise to me that this order is dying, and that they’ve chosen to rent out their beautiful school to (bleeech!) Muslims.

What a crying shame.

Regards,


34 posted on 09/30/2013 4:57:39 PM PDT by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
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